'Trek' star to host syndie horror, sci-fi series

Direct-to-video producer Full Moon Universe, which recently began trading as a public company, will announce today that it has inked William Shatner to host a syndicated TV series presenting Full Moon horror pics.

The former “Star Trek” star recently completing helming and toplining chores on Full Moon’s sci-fi thriller “Groom Lake.” Pic will be shopped to cable webs, Full Moon topper Charles Band said.

Scary stuff

The new TV series, “William Shatner’s Full Moon Frightshow,” will feature 12 Full Moon titles. The Hollywood company has a 160-title horror and sci-fi library, which includes franchises such as “Puppetmaster,” “Trancers” and “Subspecies” that have become particularly well known due to exposure on HBO and other pay cable channels.

Much of its revenue comes from a toys and action figures unit, which markets licensed products both through a Web site and through retailers including Spencer’s Gifts and Kay-Bee Toy Stores.

Model retailer

Most of its horror pics feature models and miniatures made in Full Moon’s model shop, and action figures and other toys are manufactured in China based on those designs, Band said. He expects big sales from an upcoming “Pimp Doll” figure based on company’s horror pic “Blood Dolls.”

Shatner will accompany Band to this month’s National Assn. of Television Program Executives confab in Las Vegas to promote sales of the new “Frightshow” series.

“Working with a legend like William Shatner is a privilege and a pleasure, and I’m sure our collaboration will turn a lot of heads,” Band said. “This is a very exciting time for us.”

Full Moon went public Jan. 11 by acquiring a shell company, Cimarron-Grandview Group (Daily Variety, Jan. 11). Its shares, which bowed at 69¢, closed up 13¢ at $1.56 on Tuesday.

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